The Math on Why the Amex Platinum Card is Worth It

I was recently explaining rewards credit cards to a friend who is interested in putting their toes into this world of traveling better for less thanks to miles and points. I love talking about this stuff in person to those who are new to it because it really gives me some good reminders about how crazy it all sounds at first…especially when said out loud and to other real humans. I recommended they start with some of the easier cards…

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31 Things You Can Pay With a Credit Card to Earn Points

To trigger the sign-up bonuses on rewards credit cards you almost always have to spend a certain amount on the card, usually several thousand dollars, in just a few months time. To give some historical perspective, this wasn’t always the case. Even just five years ago many of the rewards cards awarded the sign-up bonus miles the first time you used them. This was sometimes referred to the ‘pack of gum’ bonus as even buying a $1 pack of gum…

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New JetBlue Promo: Get Your Redeemed Points Back!

JetBlue has a track record of surprising us with some fun and limited time promotions, and today they didn’t disappoint. JetBlue has just introduced a new points promo to celebrate National Smile Power Day (what is that?). Via this promo you get 15% of your redeemed JetBlue points back when you book an award flight by 6/19/17 for travel through 7/31/17! You do need to register for this promotion, which you can do here. You should then get 15% of your…

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Deciding Between Hyatt Lost Pines or Hyatt Hill Country Resorts

I don’t like deciding between two destinations as I think if you have narrowed the whole wide world down to two spots, odds are they are probably both worth visiting at some point. However, since I don’t think anyone has yet figured out how to visit two places at the same time, I totally get that ultimately you still have to pick one…or at least just one at a time. Along those lines, two resorts that many Mommy Points readers…

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Get Ready to Earn 5x Points at Restaurants and More!

The Chase Freedom is one of my very favorite rewards cards that has no annual fee because it packs such a big earning punch with its rotating quarterly 5x bonus categories, up to the $1,500 quarterly max. We now know that the upcoming 2017 Chase Freedom third quarter 5x bonus categories will be restaurants and movie theaters! Movie theaters may not be that exciting to most of us, but restaurants are a popular bonus category since it counts not just sit-down…

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Just Take the Trip

As you have certainly noticed, things are a little nuts out there in the world at large. When things get this tense and unsettling in the real world it can be easy to look at travel as being superfluous and unimportant, or at least not as important as some other things. I actually think the opposite is true. I won’t even get into how travel can bring folks together and highlight similarities more than differences as that is a different…

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Get United Elite Status Faster Via an Elite Status Match

My husband’s travel schedule has recently ramped way, way up and he now finds himself on the road and in the skies far more than me. This is a new reality for our family in many ways, but one very pragmatic issue that we quickly faced was his lack of elite status. Not having elite status isn’t a big deal 98% of the time, especially for leisure travelers who travel once or twice a year, or for those who often…

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A Hotel Program You Really Want to Explore: Choice Privileges

Earlier this week I wrote about some things to think about if you find you aren’t really using your miles and points as much as you would like. If you are in that situation, one of the big things to think about and research is whether you are perhaps overlooking some travel partners or less popular redemption methods that may align with your travel patterns quite well, and that will work with the points you already have. As a specific example,…

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United Majorly Increasing Service to Hawaii!

While it may sound cliche, I think my favorite travel destination is Hawaii. At the very least, it is certainly my happy place whether I am there by myself, for an adults-only trip, or with the family. It is far, but it is so worth it once you get there. That said, I am thrilled that beginning later this year United is really upping their service to the Hawaiian Islands from a number of cities! Beginning December 20, United will increase…

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Flash Sale: Head to Canada for 20,000 Miles or Less!

Yesterday was our first time attending a swim meet, and let’s just say I was woefully unprepared for the realities that a swim meet apparently entails. I showed up at the appointed time with a water bottle, a juice box, C’s swim gear, and a couple towels. I figured we would be there about two hours, watch her swim a few races from one of the countless chairs near the pool, and maybe chat with others watching the meet. Wrong.…

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